The Golden Stool, 'Sika Dwa Kofi' is the royal and spiritual symbol of the Kings of the Asante people. It is the ultimate symbol of power in the Asante Kingdom. According to legend, Okomfo Anokye, a High Priest and one of the two chief founders of the Asante Empire, caused the stool to descend from the sky and land on the lap of the first Asante King, Osei Tutu

Such seats were traditionally symbolic of a chieftain's leadership, but the Golden Stool is believed to house the spirit of the Asante nation—living and dead.

Ghanaian pride and resistance to colonial imposition has been demonstrated throughout its history. One such example is Nana Agyeman Prempeh I, King of the Asante (1888 - 1931) and his fight against the British.

As a consequence of his refusal to accept a British protectorate over the Kingdom of Asante and relinquish its Golden Stool, said to carry the soul of the Asante people, the British imprisoned him and enforced his exile, to the Seychelles, for 24 years. 

Many of the symbolic and cultural assets that British and other European colonisers looted now sits on display or in the archives of European arts institutions or private collections. There have been no formal acknowledgements or apologies for how they were acquired and the impact this has had on Ghanaian socio-political culture.

In 1659, Denmark built a stone fort to replace the earthen lodge that had been erected by the Swedish African Company in the 17th century. It was named Christiansborg, meaning ‘Christian's Fortress’, after the King of Denmark, Christian IV. Escalating Danish trade, initially in gold, then in slaves, led to expansion of the castle; the castle almost quadrupled its original size. 

Christiansborg Castle is said to have been so vital to the Danish economy that coinage depicted its image. 

Today Christiansborg Castle is locally known as ‘Osu Castle’ or ‘The Castle’ and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The exhibit will explore and manipulate; materials, space, light and textures. Amplify will suggest an equilibrium of environmental and cultural sensitivity that resonates with the 21st century.

The exhibit wall will be constructed from a series of layered and overlapping discs, varying in size and dimensions. Some appear flat, others three dimensional, all are adhered to a false backlit wall to represent the textures of a traditional Ghanaian mud hut. 

The discs will be made  from a variety of moulded and burnished hammered metal sheets, with embossed and debossed impressions of:

- Shapes of Traditional Gold Weights
- Adinkra Symbols
- Traditional Patterns
- Patterns from the stonewalls within Somerset House.

Amplify’s colour scheme is guided by indigenous materials and resources of Ghana’s land and nature:

- Brass 
- Bronze 
- Gold
- Brown 
- Laterite 
- Orange

Components of Amplify will be built in a town called Krofrofrom, in the region a Kumasi, Ghana. Krofrofrom is steeped in a strong history of craft and design, particularly metal working and a unique traditional wax-casting technique. This way of working with wax and metals is sadly a dying craft. It is a time-consuming process that is no longer profitable compared to modern methods.
Working with local craftsmen in Ghana is an essential part of Amplify’s concept. Our collaboration will allow us to honour and patronise traditional creative practices and reassert their value to an international audience.